New Student Checklist
Visit your Department Office
Meet the graduate coordinator, your adviser, and other faculty members. Complete employment documents if you are a TA. Ask about student organizations and other ways to be involved in your discipline. Most departments also offer orientation activities to help you acclimate to the department and campus.
Submit final transcripts
Official transcripts are required of candidates upon acceptance of an offer of admission. Submit requested final transcript(s), printed within the last two years, to the Graduate School. You will not be able to register until the Graduate School receives all required transcripts.
Please note that your official degree transcript, which indicates the degree awarded (ex: B.A., B.S., M.Ed.), must be on file. Recent graduates should request transcripts to be sent after the degree status is updated by their academic institution.
Measles immunity documentation
Activate your Universal Account & Western email account
All students receive an Universal Account. This account will be used for accessing:
- MyWestern– Student Web Portal (Email, Canvas, File Storage and Web Hosting)
- Computer Labs
- Wireless Network
You can activate your Universal Account at Universal Account Activation.
Please note: It may take up to 24 hours once your admission confirmation is processed for the system to establish your account and set your pin.
Students are required to read their MyWestern e–mail messages regularly because official university correspondence will be delivered to their MyWestern mailboxes.
Once you have done that, you can login to MyWestern, select the Web4U link, and access the registration menu.
In order to register for classes, you will need to have the Course Reference Numbers (CRNs) of the sections you want to add to your schedule. If you need to find CRNs, ClassFinder is a convenient way to look them up.
Graduate Students are generally eligible to register during any phase of registration. The one exception to this is Fall Quarter. Phase I of Fall Quarter registration occurs in the Spring and is only available to continuing students. Fall Quarter registration for new graduate students begins with Phase II (generally late August) and continues through the first week of classes (end of Phase III). See Important Dates and Deadlines on the Registrar's Office website for begin and end dates of registration phases.
Please note: If you were an undergraduate student at WWU in the spring and will begin a graduate program in the fall, you are a new graduate student, not a continuing graduate student.
Verify your mailing & email addresses
You can view and update address information through Web4U. If you update your address online, it is not necessary to contact individual university offices to make changes.
Get your Western photo ID card
Pay your tuition & fees
Check online for tuition and fees deadlines. You will not receive a statement in the mail. You should check your account online and ensure that you pay on time to avoid late fees and registration holds. Students with tuition waivers must pay the portion of tuition/fees that they are responsible for by the deadline.
Consider joining the Graduate Student Advisory Council
The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is an organization of graduate students dedicated to enhancing graduate student life at Western Washington University. The GSAC meets one Tuesday each month throughout the academic year, meeting location TBA. Our monthly meetings include an Open Forum during which any graduate student is welcome to speak on issues of concern.
If you require services related to a disability
Contact disAbility Resources for Students before you arrive on campus. For access services, information and referrals, email email@example.com, call 360-650-3083, or visit the DRS office at 516 High Street, Old Main 120, Bellingham, WA 98225.
Seek out new student activities & information
There are many organizations (religious, social, political) which may be of interest to graduate students. Please contact the Associated Students office for more information.
I-20 validation for international students
After you have registered, you must obtain I-20 validation from the Designated School Official at Western. Contact International Student & Scholar Services for a brief appointment at +1 360 650 7971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.